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China's HIV epidemic could hinge on doctor training

Providing training and education to doctors on sexually transmitted infection can significantly reduce infection risk among patients, new research conducted in two Chinese provinces suggests.

Published
05 January 2016
From
Futurity: Research News
Gonorrhoea 'could become untreatable'

Gonorrhoea could become an untreatable disease, England's top doctor warns, amid concerns some pharmacies are not prescribing for it properly. Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of "super-gonorrhoea" in Leeds.

Published
27 December 2015
From
BBC Health
Superhero Vaginal Bacteria Species Traps HIV, Could Be a Natural Condom Someday

The benevolent powers of the vaginal microbiome are even greater than we thought. In addition to aiding fertilization and protecting fetuses during pregnancy, healthy vaginal mucus that’s full of good bacteria can trap and immobilize HIV particles. The study examined the cervicovaginal mucus, or CVM, of 31 women and tested its ability to immobilize HIV particles. CVM samples that contained higher concentrations of D-lactic acid, which only bacteria can produce, did far better than others. The D-lactic acid wasn’t itself a barrier to HIV, but an indicator of something else going on that made certain types of CVM better at trapping the virus than others. That something was Lactobacillus crispatus, a species of bacteria that could change the way we think about HIV prevention.

Published
08 October 2015
From
Slate
STI trends in Europe: chlamydia rates stabilise while gonorrhoea numbers go up

With an estimated 146 million infections each year, chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide. And Europe is no exception with almost 385 000 cases reported in 2013 alone and more than 3 million between 2004 and 2013. But while trends in the number of chlamydia infections appear to have stabilised in recent years, gonorrhoea rates have gone up by 79% since 2008, particularly among men.

Published
18 September 2015
From
ECDC press release
STIs Have Minimal Effects on Viral Load of People on HIV Treatment

Sexually transmitted infections apparently have a minimal effect on the HIV viral load of those who are taking antiretrovirals for the virus. Having an STI was associated with a 29 percent rise in viral load but this finding was not statistically significant. The researchers concluded that having an STI is not likely to reduce the effectiveness of ARVs as a form of HIV prevention.

Published
03 September 2015
From
POZ
5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

Published
01 September 2015
From
The Advocate
Can we ensure adherence to STI treatment guidelines in a world threatened by antimicrobial resistance?

Sexual health care in the UK has traditionally centred on specialist GUM (genito-urinary medicine) services. Since the turn of the twenty-first century primary care has played an increasing role, however. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is in line with this tendency, with most GP practices now being commissioned to provide level 1 STI screening. Questions have recently been raised about the conformity of care provided by GPs to national guidelines, established for the UK by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. In a world where Gonorrhoea – and perhaps one day Chlamydia – is set to become increasingly hard to treat, the problem of ensuring the conformity of generalists to universal standards of treatment is unlikely to go away.

Published
26 August 2015
From
BMJ
'HIV gel' effective against herpes

A microbicide gel initially intended to offer protection against HIV has been found to be effective against herpes. Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in South Africa. In the latest study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) showed that Tenofovir gel halved the risk of developing herpes simplex virus type 2 – a virus that is a leading cause of genital ulcers.

Published
13 August 2015
From
Independent Online (South Africa)
Research advances potential for test and vaccine for genital and oral herpes

Findings from a pair of new studies could speed up the development of a universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses, according to researchers. The work may also lead to the development of a vaccine that protects against the virus.

Published
12 August 2015
From
Science Daily
The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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